by Estevan Vega


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ISBN-13: 9780615543338
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Since he was in fifth grade, Estevan Vega dreamed of one day being an author. At fifteen, he published his first book Servant of the Realm. At eighteen, The Sacred Sin was released. ARSON, his third and most popular novel, is the beginning of a trilogy. Look for book two soon. Until then, he has released a collection of three short stories titled WHEN COLORS BLEED. He resides in Connecticut. Visit for more details.

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Arson 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
IndiependentBooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This has been my first encounter with Estevan Vega¿s books and I must say I am a little bothered he hasn¿t been mentioned to me before. While his book falls under the genre of horror, Estevan really took it out of the box. It wasn¿t filled with guts, blood or the stereotypical horror scenes. Instead if focused more on the inner demons of two young people and their psychological horror.From the very beginning you begin to have a protective mind over Arson (main character) as he is constantly being told by his grandmother he is the cause of his mother¿s death. Your feelings for him go from sadness, to empowerment to frightening as the secret he is hiding is exposed. As you get deeper into the book, the author has done a really great job with suspense and intrigue that turns this book into a page turner.This book can and should be a hit with YA readers. Both male and female. Estevan did a superb job at not only writing an exciting book, but writing a book that deals with issues all young adults deal with: peer pressure, doubt, conflict and insecurity. I was amazed to find the author age, as this book is very cleanly and precisely written, a task that is very hard to master. He has a hit in his hands.For those of you just being introduced to this author, I strongly recommend him. His book(s) will not let you down.
GirlonaMission on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Okay first I just want to say "WOW". I'm worried that my review won't even do this book any justice. It's written so beautifully...yet so twisted and dark. I love it. I'm a lover of the weird and unusual.First let's talk about Arson character. He can create fire. I felt so sorry for him in the beginning with his crazy grandmother, his sucky job and this curse that makes him feel like a freak. It was just freaking depressing! Then here comes Emery who makes me want to give her a huge hug. When I first picked up this book I thought it was Arson on the cover. I never would have guessed a female character would be wearing that. She feels more comfortable in this Jason mask than she does in her own skin. She has so much spunk and she's so strong but extremely sensitive when it comes to Arson. Her love for him is beyond words. The mask makes her seem rough around the edges at first, but eventually we see that she's just a girly girl with real feelings like the rest of us. Them two together make such a weird but deep relationship. Ever since that day, years ago, he stopped using his power for fear of being called a freak or the devil but when Emery's in danger he doesn't hesitate to set things off! Now that's what I call true love lol.This could easily cross over to Adult mystery/thriller. I definitely would not call this your everyday YA book. The adults in this book have a voice that is so clear. I love that this entire book wasn't about Arson and his ability to create fire. It had a real plot. Real issues were here, especially surrounding the adults. Excellent character development. For the first time in a while I read a book where I felt like I really KNEW these characters. Vega takes us into their private thoughts which is all a piece of a puzzle. Is it possible to make a mystery/thriller/paranormal/romance all in one book?? YES! I wouldn't believe it myself but it's been done and I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. I honestly cannot wait for the sequel. Don't go through summer without picking this one up! This book is definitely a shelf keeper (if only I had the space).
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The premise of this book sounded wonderful. However, in the back of my mind I was thinking of "Carrie" or "Firestarter". Wow, was I ever way off. This book had so many layers to it. You have Arson's issues at home, at work and with the new neighbor. You have the new neighbor, Emery who is dealing with her personal issues, the issues at home and her issues with Arson. I found both Emerson and Arson characters that I loved. At times I wanted to hit them in the head and say, "Hey, get a clue". The pacing of the events in this book was right on target. As much as I wanted things to happen quicker because I was on the outside looking in I knew events could not happen faster. The reader needs all of the different layers to keep the suspense and story moving forward. When I'd finished the book I told my husband that I both loved it and hated it. I loved the storyline. I hated the way it ended. Don't get me wrong, it was a perfect ending. I hated the way it ended because now I have to wait for the second book. Estevan Vega was a new author for me. When asked to participate in the tour I immediately read the synopsis and knew I had to read the book. Now that I've read the book I know I have to read his other works.
lesleykj84 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Arson has had a really tough life. He has a love/hate relationship with his grandmother, his mother died at childbirth, his dad he's never known. His peers think he's a freak, and Arson even agrees. He starts fires with his mind. He tries to control it, but sometimes it gets the best of him, especially when he's angry.When a new family moves in next door, Arson never expects to find a girl like Emory. She's outspoken, emotional, and she actually likes him. But she also has a tough life of her own. She wears a mask on her face and her parents have so many secrets between them they fight constantly.Arson and Emory come together and make one another shine. But with a life as tough as they have, will they really find love that easy?Just take whatever you think this book is about and throw it out the window. Arson is not what you think, it's even better. From start to finish I was blown away. The writing is incredible and I actually felt myself emotionally invested in Arson and Emory. When I finished reading I kept thinking about it, and kept thinking, even into the next day. Books like that are far and few between and I loved every bit of it.If you're looking for a heart wrenching, beautifully written book with some paranormal elements, pick this one up. The romance is sweet, the relationships real, the main character so caring and so kind. You don't want to miss this one.
jdonnelly14 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
RECEIVED FROM: Partners in Crime Tours For Review***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Arson Gable isn¿t like other seventeen year old boys, he lives with his abusive bipolar grandmother, has a past that haunts him and oh he can also start fires with his mind. His life is a story of social awkwardness and abuse. He doesn¿t think anyone will ever accept him or understand him until he meets Emery, the girl with the mask. Emery was badly burned as a child and hides her scars behind a mask she almost never removes. She for the most part avoids people, but Arson is different. Or so she thinks until she meets Mandy the popular manipulative pretty girl. With her life falling apart around her as her parents¿ marriage falls apart before her eyes is it really worth taking a risk on Arson when it¿s someone like Mandy she¿ll have to fight to do so? Will Arson¿s past destroy what they might have before it even begins?I don¿t like rating books especially when I can¿t bring myself to give a high rating, but the book just didn¿t do it for me not even in a mild way. The few things I can say that the author has going for him is he¿s very good at maintaining a mix of distant and close third person point of view. The mix between the two is done smoothly and isn¿t awkward in any way. The book was free from typos, though it was filled with fragmented sentences otherwise the grammar was good. For the most part he¿s very good at description and setting a scene. However the most action packed scenes were almost straight out of Carrie or Carrie 2 and therefore lacking originality, and those action packed scenes were minimal. Also I was pretty disappointed with the ending to put it mildly. The first half of the book is basically an introduction to characters with tons of back story obsessing from each of them. That portion of the book is mostly listening to people¿s thoughts drone on and on. About sixty percent into the book it starts to turn into almost an awkward teenage love story, the plot starts almost becoming a plot instead of just a character study and I think okay this is what I¿ve been waiting for ¿ something to happen only to have that small amount of actual story I received just obliterated by a not so happy ending. Okay so it wasn¿t just not happy, it was cruel, abrupt and almost open ended because what was being talked about versus what occurred seemed contradictory. I can¿t really explain it without spoiling the story completely, but trust me if you¿re a fan of a happy ending this isn¿t the book for you. I know I¿m in the minority on my opinion because I saw the lists upon lists of five star reviews on Goodreads. And I have to apologize because I couldn¿t find a lot of redeeming qualities in this book and don¿t really belong on a blog tour for the book but having waited until the last minute to read the book it was a little too late to tell them it might be best for someone else to review it. Other than the one dimensional secondary characters there wasn¿t a single developed character that wasn¿t angst ridden. While the book was missing the important back story, that would have made it easier to understand especially with the twist ending that I didn¿t see coming (well I saw the Carrie scene coming but what came after was a complete shock to me) it was filled with pretty much irrelevant obsessing by every main character. Joel was a drunk who lost his position as a minister because of drinking on the job. He may still be a part of his family but due to all the time he put the church before his family he doesn¿t really have their support. Aimee was disillusioned with her husband and her life, she can¿t connect to her daughter, she still has feeling for her high school sweetheart who is her boss and she resents the destruction her husband¿s alcoholism has caused in their lives. Emery¿s face was burned in her youth and rather than have anyone see it she wears a mask pretty much all the time and seldom lets anyone close to her. Her own p
ssalach21 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
At first when Estevan emailed me asking to review his book, I was hesitant. The cover kind of creeped me out. Okay... the cover really creeped me out, but i've heard the saying, just like i'm sure you all have.. to NEVER judge a book by it's cover. So I didn't. I agreed to review it since it sounded like something I would enjoy and enjoy it I did. Arson was amazingly written, and it still astounds me that the author is younger than I am. The characters were developed so well and were extremely realistic. One thing that I really enjoyed was that the characters were relateable. Not in the fire creating since, because I can't do that.. can you? But in the since that he has to deal with everyday problems like the rest of us. We all have a crazy relative to deal with, maybe not quite like Arson's grandmother but there are people out there like that, or the new girl next door.. or guy, but girl in this case. Emery was a great character too. Well written and humurous even with everything she's been through. This book is an emotional ride, but it's one definitely worth taking. I couldn't believe it when it ended, and now I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.. like bad. I would have been very upset if that was it, that ending and nothing more. But i'm thanking my lucky stars because Estevan himself has confirmed that there will be a sequel. Now me and all my fellow fangirls (Yea you Kari and Eleni, and Corinne as soon as you get to read it!!!) can't wait to delve into whatever it is that's coming next. Once you get the chance to read it, I bet you won't be able to wait either! Kudos to you Estevan for writing such a brilliant novel, I look forward to all of your future work!!
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Arson Gable can create fire. A unique gift or a wretched curse. This part of Arson has always made him feel like a freak. Feel like he has no purpose in life. Then he meets a girl named Embery, things change for the both of them.Arson is a book that I've seen quite a bit of on the blogs. The cover definitely catches your attention. So, I jumped at the chance to review it when I was sent the request by the author.Arson is a page turner. Suspense and action that will fill your senses, while the romance will capture your heart. An enthralling story. Chillingly dark as well as vibrant. I was definitely wowed by the story. It was much more than I thought it would be. Plus I wasn't expecting a cliffhanger. Mr Vega is a superb writer. Don't rely on the book summary to learn what the book is about. Crack the book open. It's a must read
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first book I've ever read that I've given a 5-star review to, yet I want to throw it against the wall. Normally, this type of behavior is reserved for books I couldn't really tolerate. In this case, my patience cannot tolerate waiting for a sequel after the massive cliffhanger I read at the end! The first thing I have to do is compliment Estevan Vega, who's storytelling abilities is beyond his years. For most books that I read and review, I reserve a little time at the end of the night to read. I couldn't do that with Arson. Every time I tried to put it down, I found myself sneaking back to it to read just one more chapter, that always ended up being five or so. It wasn't that there were abrupt stops at the end of the chapters and you absolutely have to continue - you just never want to stop because you want to know more about the characters. The characters aren't exactly fleshed out completely in the beginning, you learn more about them the more that you read. As a matter of fact, you're still learning about the characters up until the very end of the book ... and you still want to know more. Both Arson and Emery come from not-so-glamorous families and backgrounds. It was definitely refreshing to read about more real characters that deal with bad situations instead of the usual rich, snobby kids that are whining because their daddy didn't buy them something they wanted. These characters go through more than their fair share of problems, but it makes it all the more realistic. We're not dealing with fairy tales, we're dealing with sucky things that happen in real life. You can definitely empathize with the characters - even Arson and Emery's family members.. though I can't say I empathize with Mandy at all. I just wanted to slap her every time she showed up in the novel.There is a slight paranormal feel to the book. Well, obviously, because you're dealing with a character that can make fire with a single bad thought. However, it's more personal than just paranormal. It's more of a story of a boy dealing with his burden (fire), his guilt (mom died during childbirth), and his grandmother and her not-so-normal, bi-polar and violent behavior. Oh, and the love developing between Arson and mask-wearing Emery. I love these beautifully flawed characters. They really compliment each other well. The climax at the end was something that was a little expected (we had to get some fire action), but it definitely twisted into a direction that I didn't see coming. I loved it! Then, there was the happy moment and the end-end ... which is a HUGE cliffhanger that made me stare at the book for a few moments, wondering how exactly it was I was going to go without knowing more until the sequel comes out!I honestly don't think words in a review could do this book justice. If you like great storytelling with a little darker tone to it, READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it. Promise.
librarianm on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Have you ever read a book that you thought would be about one thing, but as soon as you started reading, realized it was about something entirely different? That is how Arson was for me, but in a good way. Arson is an amazingly nuanced coming of age story. On the surface it is about a teen who can create fire, especially when he is angry. Beneath all the layers of wonderfully written dialogue and descriptions, it is about two people that find each other right when they need each other the most. Arson Gable doesn¿t want to be different, but he is and has to deal with the consequences of who he is and what he¿s done. As a result, Arson is lonely and alone. Having no friends, living with an increasingly senile grandmother, and working at a job he hates, Arson is looking at a horrible summer. Until, Emery and her family (the Phoenixes - love that last name and wonder what the significance behind it is) move into the house next door. Emery¿s family is falling apart and this move might be their last effort at staying together. That fact alone would make any teen wary about moving and having to make new friends, but Emery, like Arson, is different. She can¿t create fire, but she feels more comfortable behind a mask; an actual mask she wears every day. Despite hiding behind her mask, Emery is a forceful character, someone who makes the people around her examine their actions.Parts of Arson were hard to read, because they were emotionally difficult, but once I got through them I felt that the story was even better because of them. This story is character and relationship driven, with small pockets of action woven in. Arson¿s relationship with Emery is the heart of book. It was the most fun to read as it developed and changed and as they pushed each other to face hard truths. Of all the relationships, Arson¿s relationship with his grandmother is the most heartbreaking. I had to put the book down a few times, after reading those sections to really sort out the scenes and figure out what actually happened. Once, it was all sorted out, Arson¿s character and his actions became much clearer.After a slow start, the book really picks up, and other than the emotional scenes between Arson and his grandmother, is a quick read. The last third of the book pulls all the threads and subplots together and leads to an ending that leaves the reader wondering what is next for Emery and Arson. This reader can¿t wait for the sequel! Overall an emotional and worthwhile read.
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Arson by Estevan Vega is an exciting ride that gives the reader a realistic look at two teenagers with lives that are anything but ordinary. I have to say, Arson was not what I expected to my (pleasant) surprise. It contained all my favorites- mystery, romance, hope and intriguing characters.Arson, a 17 year old boy, can create fire with his mind. He lives with his slightly psychotic grandmother and works at a cute ice cream shop in town. Though he is unsure of his supernatural power, he works on controlling it. He is constantly coping with the death of his parents- his grandmother and dreams won't allow him to forget the circumstances of their deaths. And just like the majority of teens out there- he's dealing with all these feelings alone and the loneliness is getting to him. That is, until Emery, the masked and mysterious girl next door and her argumentative parents move into town. Emery is facing problems of her own- constant moving from one place to another, parents consistently bickering, an alcoholic father... oh, and lets not forget she wears a mask. All the time.So, we've got our two loner teenagers. Their first encounter made me laugh out loud- Emery "saves" Arson from drowning himself- she nose dives into the water to pull him out. Little does she know it is a common past time for Arson to relax face down in the water to get his thoughts together. It was a cute, awkward moment. Emery handled herself well ;) Even though these two didn't initially hit it off, they eventually find themselves enamored of each other. I found myself relating to Emery more than Arson and the rest of the characters. Despite the mask, I found her emotions and honesty the most likable- realistic? I am not sure if I can put my finger on the right word right now, but Emery is by far my favorite character here... Though she bit at my nerves at first. Maybe that is why I liked her so much.This story is written in the third person and is very easy to follow once you get into it. I did find the first few chapters hard to relate to... I just could not connect with the story or characters at first. Maybe it was the introduction of Emery that changed things for me. Arson was edgy and has an insane cliff hanger ending. Good luck not dropping your jaw in shock- he sets you up perfectly for the sequel. This is all impressive for an author who is only 21. Way to go Estevan- and this isn't even your first book!
YAaddict on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Arson exposes you to characters with thoroughly messed up lives. Their story is not a light and fluffy one, but one that is dark and engrossing impossible to put down once you start.I was sure I had the characters pegged quite a few times, but they kept managing to surprise me. Arson pulled at my heartstrings immediately with how terribly alone in the world he was. Emery would rather hide behind a mask than face the world. Arson and Emery were a fabulous messed up duo. One of my favorite aspects of this story was seeing these two come together. Their banter was fun and brought some humor to the story. They did fall for each other pretty fast, but that felt natural to me. When your life is as crazy as these two, when someone comes along who understands you, you don't pass that up. It was Vega's writing that kept me glued to the pages. Events were twisted and dark and cringe-worthy, but Vega's writing made the story flow fluid and energetic. The first few chapters, I admit, took me a while to adjust to. But once I got used to the "feel" of the voice in Arson, I was invested until the end.The ending was a jaw dropper that was full of action and a big cliff hanger, which makes it obvious a sequel is on the way. One thing you can say about this story, it is not predictable. There is much more in store than the summary reveals. If you are a fan of the dark and edgy, you won't want to miss the excellent writing in Arson.
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Vampire_GirlSA More than 1 year ago
So glad I bought the second book at the same time I bought the first. The cover and synopsis of both intrigued me immensely and I wasn't disappointed.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is good, great writing! However, the author spends alot of time on how terrible arson's life is, his internal view of himself. It was really excellent at bringing me into Arson's life, but it also made reading this book very difficult for me. I actuallu give 3 and 1/2 stars because a good portion of the book is negative and depressing. There is light at the end of the tunnel though! I was so happy when he found something that brightened up his existence, i was afraid he would muck it up! Vega drew me in and wouldn't let go!
TheBookshelfRev More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I took the time to read this book. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover of this book. It is a beautifully awesome cover. Then the book synopsis got me hooked even more. It intrigued me so much and I am so glad that it did. I loved the characters and the story telling. Estevan Vega is a really good writer. Emery was such a great character even though she wears a mask on her face. I found her funny, witty and feisty even though she carries such a burden about her face and has to hide behind a mask. Arson was also a really good character even though he has a lot of guilt about his past. Arson can create fire with his mind and it causes a lot of conflict in his life. These traits that they both have, make them feel like freaks, and that is why they are so relatable. Everyone at some point or another feels like a freak in there lifetime. I loved the intimate struggles of the main characters. They were both dealing with so much different types of crap in there lives, that they shouldn't of had to deal with. It made both Arson and Emery so much more than just flat characters. They both exploded off the page. This book has some supernatural and romantic elements in it. I loved how there friendship turned into something more. And how there relationship evolved and they fell in love. The secondary characters are the characters that were causing all the problems in Arson and Emery's lives. I'm not going to go into to much detail about them. But they all really made me not like them, in a good way of course, which shows a sign of great writing skills. You will know what I am talking about if you read the book. Overall I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is that good. It is one of my favorite reads that I have read in 2011 so far. I definitely suggest reading this book for anyone who loves any type of genre. I can not wait to read Ashes, the sequel to Arson. Definitely go pick up this book. =]
Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
I liked Arson…in the beginning. There were secrets about Arson and his family that kept me turning the pages. Plus I liked Emery. She was fascinating. Nevertheless, as I got farther into the book I began to become irritated. The story keeps hinting at Arson’s ability be we don’t actually get to see anything of it until the last few chapters in the book. Instead the book seems to focus on everything else that is going on around Arson; his crappy job, his unstable grandmother, Emery’s parents and their failing marriage. Some of it made sense. Arson’s life IS one of misery and misunderstanding, so I see the author is showing us how miserable and isolated Arson truly is. But I didn’t see why it had to focus so much on Emery’s parents. I thought the book was about Arson, not about a failing marriage. It eventually started wear on my nerves because I started to loathe her parents by the end of the novel. In fact, the only character I really had any interest in at all by the end was Emery. Yes she was self righteous, and more than a little big off, but she didn’t whine about EVERYTHING, she stood up for herself. She had a backbone, something that seemed to have been beaten out of Arson. I understood how he was manipulated by his grandmother. However, I don’t understand how he keeps letting Mandy play with his head. Especially after he decides he is in love with Emery. It was just extremely frustrating. The majority of the book felt drug out, there is some action at the end, and then it just drops off in a straight cliffie. I don’t know if I would want to read the next book in the trilogy. If it focused more on Arson and Emery, maybe, I still really didn’t understand why it spent so much time on Emery’s parents. I give it 2 and 1/2 out of five controllers. Overall, I don’t think the author focused enough of the books attention on the main characters or the paranormal part of the story. A grave tragedy. Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Reviewer: AimeeKay
SplashofourWorlds More than 1 year ago
I know that it's going to sound shallow, but what really intrigued me into reading the book was the cover. I, actually, saw the cover, then said "yes" to my participation and then I read the summary, which, by the way, is really interesting. First time there is a character creating fire and there are not other characters in the book, who can manipulate the other elements. Now, about the book: Firstly, there are the characters. Arson is one of those loner guys that don't have friends, he comes from a weird family status, since he's living with his grandparents and he is one of those brave guys who can stand every bad reaction from the others and still don't get angry and start kicking butts, or in this case burn them till they're ashes. He has a big problem with his powers, since there is none around who can teach him how to use them and he does his best to hide his secret. As I said, brave. Emery is the weird masked girl. Reading about her was easy. She is pretty simple, one of those girls you can easily hang out with, but then there is the mask. Most of the times I was totally forgetting it and imagining I nice pretty girl, but that was wrong. The mask serves a purpose and it's really sad when she finally says her story and you - in this case Arson - learn why she's so obsessed with it. Minor characters are Emery's parents, which you follow around quite a bit, but their lives and their actions serve a purpose and lead Emery into taking some decisions that change both, hers and Arson's, lives. And then there is Arson's grandmother. Well, her, I hated her. I don't care about her psychological problems or whatever else, I just wanted to grab her head and smashed it at the wall. Learning the things you learn at the end might make you sympathize her, but not me. Secondly, there were not many descriptions. You are following around the characters and you get some, but not like the ones I'm used to. What I noticed was that the author was making many great metaphores. Lastly, the plot. In the beginning and most of the part of the book, things are semi-simple. There are many "waves". Things are calm, then something rocks the water, then something tranquil again. And then we are reaching the end. I'm serious when I'm saying that during the last chapters my eyes were wide open and my mouth was hanging there completely numb from all the disclosures. Bottom line, despite being really fast that makes it difficult to put it in a straight line and some bad characters, I liked it. I liked the plot and I could justify most of the characters actions, because they seemed really human. The end leaves you with so many questions that I can't wait to read the next book. So, who doesn't want to read a young-adult paranormal novel written by a male author? I, for once, was really curious.
livelife More than 1 year ago
Arson is a dark and twisted book by an incredibly talented author. The build up and flow of Arson's story is haunting while mesmerizing and allows the reader to lament for this unfortunate character. It's a story that I found to be mainly about relationships and self worth, a mostly realistic novel but with a hint of paranormal suspense. The author knows his subjects and creates a real life story that features a thrilling and not so real element. Arson Gable knows he's not normal. His character is battered and emotionally damaged, and he's living with guilt that he's never been taught how to deal with. Growing up with a grandmother who is physically and emotionally abusive, not to mention a little delusional, Arson has created this shell around himself until he can no longer feel. His life brightens a bit when a new family lives next door, and with it comes Emery (a wonderfully constructed character, the perfect addition to this intense drama). The phrases that come out of Emery's mouth are sarcastic and pungent. Her life is as messy as his and soon they find a real and slightly damaged (with the baggage they both are lugging around) relationship. Arson and Emery, coupled with the multiple characters of Estevan Vega's mind, this book is a complex network of emotional story lines. Estevan Vega writes with purpose. He tells this story well, and tells it from everyone's point of view. His angles on various relationships and stages of life made me feel like their were multiple authors to this book. He has every personality down to an art. Throughout the book we continued to learn things with the characters as they grow. Their flaws and characteristics develop as the story builds, and the piercing ending was the perfect conclusion and cliffhanger. It's hard not to get involved. I really enjoyed this book and think that Estevan is one writer to watch! This book has a shocking there-will-be-a-book-two ending that leaves the reader searching for information on how the story continues. The sequel, Ashes, is also available. This book is magnificently constructed and full of real feelings and people.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Arson' is a really interesting book that focuses on the idea of a person being able to create fire. The teenage hero has a confusing and hard life which is made all the more difficult by his unique ability to make fire. He has to deal with the truth of his past all while trying to understand what is happening to him. Adding to the story of Arson is the strange new neighbor who seems to have secrets of her own. What is she hiding from and what will become of them both? The storyline of Arson is unique and gives new life to the YA paranormal genre. The characters are all likeable and realistic, and we get to see Arson grow into his role in the world as well as confronting his dark past. There are normal teenage issues to deal with - high school, cruel classmates, crushes on cute girls - all intertwined with the much bigger plot of dealing with his ability of creating fire and what he believes he must now do. Vega does a great job of creating a realistic scenario for his novel; one that doesn't seem quite so unbelievable. The narrative is very well-written and flows easily, making this a great page turner that I ended up flying through in one day. Arson is a great YA novel that explores how far someone will go to fulfill their destiny and save themselves. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Kielyn_Smith More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing just the sheer rawness and heart tugging emotion made this book so enjoyable. I loved the amount of background story in this book also. This book was unlike any I have ever read before. It definitely taught lessons about life and who we are and who and what people perceive us to be. Reading this deep and moving book made me a little better of a person.
BookWhales More than 1 year ago
I can't say I hate this book but I can't say I like it too. Maybe there are really some books out there that isn't for you and this book is that one for me. I think this book is just polarizing either you like it or you don't like it. What I like about it: - The fact that he has a power is something I like. And it is fire. Although somewhat destructive (I prefer waterbending haha) I think it is still a cool power. - The protagonist is a male. - The fact the he has some kind of struggle to control his power is also a plus since it is just normal for someone to not master his power at the start. What I find not interesting: - I think the writing style isn't suited for me. - I don't like the characters around Arson and Emery specially grandmother. She was irritating for me in some way. - Romance is somewhat a bigger percentage in the story.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Arson is just one of those books that pulls you in from the very beginning. Plague by being called a freak, the reader's curiosity is intensified by what overcomes this young man to be called such a thing. Is he really a freak. Or are those around him the freak. Since after all, there are the ones who are different. What I like most about this book are the characters. Arson has had a hard life. I love the way the author Mr. Vega strongly depicted this young man life for his readers. It is really easy to step in this book and let your imagination run free. Mr. Vega created such a unique and intense world that it is simply impossible not to get into the book. The plot line of this book keeps getting better and better as the reader dives deeper into Arson's life. I enjoyed seeing the things that happen to him to make him who he is today. But, I also enjoyed seeing Arson become a man, take charge in his life and not let anyone else dictate it. Arson has been under everyone's thumb doing as they bid, and now Arson has had enough. I really did not expect to see a love interest in this book though I thoughtful enjoyed it. It was good to see some love and peace within a book that is full of dark and hurtful things. This love gave a whole new element of hope where the reader did not see one. And the ending, well...that was another surprise that I did not see. Arson is a great tale of young man life just beginning. I love the back round history to the characters as well as seeing of what is able to become of Arson. This a dark novel of fire and life just waiting to burn. As I read deeper into Arson's life, I know that he is about to set ablaze a fire that no one has seen before. *cursing/sexual content*
RMStrong More than 1 year ago
Arson by Estevan Vega (published May, 2011, by StoneGate Ink) is the story of Arson Gable, the typical, normal teenage boy with a few notable exceptions: he can control fire with his mind and he has been told all of his life that he killed his own mother. Arson is "cared for" by a senile grandmother, who never misses an opportunity to cut him down, verbally and sometimes physically. Arson's only escape is the lake near his house, the cool water the only thing that seems to cool his fire-creating rage. The story begins to take off when new neighbors--with problems of their own--move in to the house next door. The 17-year-old daughter, Emery, continually wears a blank mask to hide a hideously-scarred face, the result of a childhood accident. When Emery, trying to get away from bickering parents, walks to the lake only to see Arson lying face-down in the water in an attempt to escape his own demons, she jumps in in an effort to save his life. A fast friendship blossoms between the two self-proclaimed "freaks." Despite Arson's numerous and vehement assertions to the contrary, Vega does an excellent job of painting our protagonist as the typical teenager struggling with normal teenage issues: the lack of love from a parental-figure, lust, physical desire, and the overwhelming desire to be normal. He struggles over loving someone who does not love--someone who may, in fact, hate--him back, and the deaths of those close to him. Emery struggles with another aspect of teen life--parents who have emotionally abandoned, bur remain physically present. Her father, before the book's beginning, had, because of his alcoholism, lost his pastorate. Emery's mother, bitter over the alcoholism and the loss of "their" church finds solace in work. Both claim to be concerned about Emery and her emotional well being, both her mother and father desperately hate the mask she chooses to wear, but both also have a habit of abandoning Emery to her own devices while they fight themselves and each other. Vega does an excellent job of capturing the darker side of being a pastor's kid (or a pastor's wife)--the crushing, rarely-expressed, feeling that everyone and everything in the pastor's life is more important than his or her family. Arson is a well-written, engaging story. The characters are extremely believable, and I even found myself wanting to encourage Arson to do the right (or noble or selfless) thing. It is a quick-enough read, and even without the cliff hanger-type ending leaves you wanting for a sequel. (The sequel, Ashes, was released in September, 2011.) Vega spins a good yarn and does it well. I highly recommend the book and cannot wait to read more from this engaging, youthful new author.
Claudia32 More than 1 year ago
I picked up Arson after reading a favorable book review and now Estevan Vega is my new favorite author. I enjoyed Arson so much (both the book and the character) that I purchased the sequel, Ashes, before I even finished Arson! I always give credit to those that can bring fresh new ideas to the paranormal kudos to Mr. Vega! From the very beginning, I was drawn into Arson's less than perfect world. And with Vega's ability to switch POV's effortlessly (which I think was essential and a great move by Vega, as the story needed to be told through multiple characters), I was able to emerse myself into the lives of the other characters in the story. The characters were flawed, raw, and hardened, but still managed to reach out for salvation (love). While on the surface it appears to be a horror/paranormal novel, Arson was rather touching, actually.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Sabrina: It took a little bit to get into this story. It was a little disjointed in the beginning. It was hard to get into the flow of the story, but once you were there it went just fine. This book is really angsty. Arson loathes himself and tries to fit in, but deep inside knows he is different. The Grandmother is really off her rocker. One minute she is sweet Grandma, the next minute she is a lunatic shouting things, and back again. The girl, Emery, is an out of control teenager. She was involved in an accident when shew as younger and now wears a scary mask so she doesn't feel vulnerable. While we have all toyed with the illusion that if no one can see who we really are, it wont hurt. We also all know how much of a pile of *()* that is. This girl manages to live that dream and you almost want to admire her for it. Except then she starts being an obnoxious teenager with the mentality that no one could possible understand. I have run into this with quite a few teenager and I think the author captured this mentality quite well. You almost admire her for how she braves the world, but then you see the way she treats people around her and you stop rooting for her. Her parents are having their own issues. You feel almost sad for them, until you realize they are doing it to themselves while simultaneously doing it to each other. There is not one great character. All are terribly flawed. I read a lot of comic books and this is actually a trait that I really like. I like knowing that everyone has something that needs monitoring to keep in check or you wouldn't recognize the person you become... But towards the end of this book, it got to be too much. Arson has the only redeeming quality shown in this book- and that does not come out til the very end of the book. The end of the book starts to get really disjointed again, the shift in perspectives happens frequently. Then the climax hits and the book is over... I think because it is a first book it is supposed to end in a cliffhanger but this one was... not a good one. It just made me mad. Not mad that I have to wait to read it... just mad. I have heard that this author is quite young, early twenties, and I look forward to watching this author get more comfortable with a wider range of emotions. This is a YA novel, perhaps a younger generation would feel differently about this book. I may be in my mid twenties, but the teenage boy is not something I have ever pretended to understand.